On this Day in 1990: Sachin Tendulkar scores first international century at Old Trafford vs England

On this Day in 1990: Sachin Tendulkar scores first international century at Old Trafford vs England
On this Day in 1990: Sachin Tendulkar scores first international century at Old Trafford vs England

On this Day in 1990: Sachin Tendulkar scores first international century at Old Trafford vs England – On this day, August 14, 1990, Sachin Tendulkar stamped his authority on a famed England attack as he scored his maiden international century. The Master Blaster’s efforts helped India clinch a memorable draw at Old Trafford, as he stitched a monumental partnership with Manoj Prabhakar on the final day’s play.  At 17 years and 112 days, he remains the third-youngest batsman to score a Test hundred after Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful and Pakistan’s Mushtaq Mohammad.

Sachin Tendulkar showed his class as he managed a stellar 119 not out off 189 balls in the 4th innings to save India from defeat at Old Trafford against England. The hosts were in a commanding position having scored 519 in the first innings as skipper Graham Gooch (116), Mike Atherton (131) and Robin Smith (121*) scored centuries.

 

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India responded with 432 despite captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s 179-run knock. Sanjay Manjrekar agonisingly missed out on a hundred, making 93 runs while Sachin Tendulkar scored 68 runs. In the third innings, England raced to 320/4d and set a target of 408 against India to win the game.

On this Day in 1990: Sachin Tendulkar scores first international century at Old Trafford vs England

India’s chase got off to the worst possible start after dismissals of Ravi Shastri and Navjot Singh Sidhu. Sanjay Manjrekar and Dilip Vengsarkar rescued the innings but fell cheaply soon after reducing the visitors to 109/4. Sachin Tendulkar walked in to bat at no.6 and had short partnerships with Mohammad Azharuddin and Kapil Dev, before getting into his groove and stitching a match-saving 160-run partnership with Manoj Prabhakar.

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It was Tendulkar’s first international hundred, and he remains the youngest Indian to score a Test century. Since then, the Master Blaster did not look back and enjoyed a stellar career that culminated in 2013. During his 24-year career, Tendulkar scored 51 Test centuries with 15,921 runs to his name. He also scored 18,426 runs in ODI which include 49 tons. Tendulkar remains the leading run-scorer and century-maker in both formats.  He represented Team India in six World Cups during his career and was the leading run-scorer for his side in the 2011 World Cup-winning campaign, where he lifted the trophy this home ground of Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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